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DCFHR friend and volunteer Connor and his trail riding buddy "Reba."  Connor has moved to Montana to work on a ranch.  He was a huge help with the tractor and with the horses, and we miss him.

 

DCFHR friend and volunteer Kristine helps put out a roll of hay.  Kristine is now overseas serving as a relief worker with a major organization, but every time she's home, we go riding!

  

 One of the most important jobs our volunteers do is give hours of hands-on time with horses and ponies who desperately need love and TLC.  Here a volunteer has cleaned up a yearling's tail -- what a difference! -- and the young horse knew it looked better.  A good grooming not only feels good to the horse but also makes the horse feel better about itself

 

 

Volunteer Dan cutting up a tree limb to help clear the pasture.  We need men who are willing to do heavy chores once in awhile.  They are wonderful help!!

 

 

Thomas University's men's basketball team gave us several hours of work one Saturday.  Here they are putting out a huge dump truck load of wood shavings into a run-in shelter.  They accomplished in 45 minutes what would have taken us 4 hours to complete. 

 

With animals, maintenance of everyday equipment is necessary.  Here Hands on Thomas County volunteers give our panels a fresh coat of Rustoleum paint while other volunteers washed and disinfected brushes, cleaned feed buckets and water troughs, and painted gates.

 

Volunteer Shalee, a registered nurse, uses her time off to put salve on raw spots on a horse that had been down for days.  We certainly appreciate the nurses in our lives who come in during emergencies and help with vaccinations, IV lines, and assist the veterinarians. 

  We couldn't do the work we do if not for volunteers who are willing to do the "ugly" jobs like shoveling manure, cleaning equipment, and as in these pictures, doing some difficult work.  Here volunteers are cleaning out pus pockets from rain rot; the bloody spots are areas already cleaned. 


Hands on Thomas County Volunteer Work Day

On June 10, 2014, 35 volunteers from Hands on Thomas County, a local volunteer group, arrived at Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue in a big ol’ yellow school bus and spent most of the day helping us catch up on chores.  These volunteers included middle and high school students who participated in a week of volunteer service called “Project Impact.”  Volunteers moved piles of old hay; helped haul away limbs to a burn pile as we cleaned up the pasture; painted gates, fences, and a hay ring; moved donated lumber and remnants of building projects into one organized pile; used their muscle to move heavy things to good storage locations; cleaned out the goat shelter; brushed and bathed ponies and horses.  Although the day was hot, none of the volunteers complained -- they were here to work and get stuff done, and we certainly appreciate their dedication, their willingness to get very dirty and sweaty to help us complete projects and check those aggravating chores off our To Do Lists!!  THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS of HANDS ON THOMAS COUNTY!


Volunteers Needed 

 Because of safety issues, we are looking for horse-savvy volunteers who are at least 16 years old for grooming, riding, and general horse chores.  There is always work to be done, but it’s all-hands-on-deck at times when we receive another starved horse that desperately needs help.  DCFHR can always use strong muscles for the heavier jobs, such as repairing boards kicked out in the shelters; repairing the fence, spraying for weeds along the fence lines, extending and repairing a run-in shelter; picking up limbs in the pasture; and cleaning up. 

The farm is closed on Sundays.  If you would like to set an appointment for a visit, please email us at dancingcloudfarm@gmail.com.  Because our purpose is to rehabilitate horses, many of the horses that arrive at DCFHR have been through neglect and abuse which frequently makes the horse develop an extreme survival mindset.  This means that the horse can be hard to handle and small children don’t understand the danger.  For these reasons we ask that no one under the age of 16 visit the farm with the idea of being around the horses.  Volunteer work groups with students 12 years old and older are welcome; these students will not be working directly with the horses but will have other projects to complete that help DCFHR volunteers fulfill our mission.


Volunteers make it happen!

There is a deep satisfaction that comes from helping animals in need.  One of our volunteers who recently moved to another state searched out a horse rescue; she loves riding horses and said, “I could work at a stable, but that’s not the same as having a mission.  I want to make my time count and help a horse in need.”  Every one of our volunteers feel that way and are dedicated to our mission.  Our volunteers experience everything from helping when a starved horse is so weak that it stays down for days or has to be lifted to its feet – volunteers have taken 2- and 4-hour shifts to sleep in the next stall through day and night when a critically starved horse is brought to DCFHR, tending its needs through the night; we have had volunteers give their mornings to do “boring” jobs, too – just as important as the dramatic moments!! – to bring horses out of the pasture and stand and hold them when the farrier is here; to clean out stalls, unload shavings, pick up limbs out of the pasture, groom ponies, wash feed buckets and brushes, straighten gates and fences, clean out horse trailers, empty feed into bins, help blanket horses in cold weather…  We have people who believe in our mission show up with truckloads of feed, dewormer,  help when the veterinarian is here, help vaccinate each horse and pony, bring bales of hay, show up with donuts and coffee for the volunteers (we like that!!); others have transported horses for us and given their own time, truck, trailer to help when DCFHR has been asked to assist law enforcement.  There is ALWAYS a need.

         

                                       

Maybe you don't feel comfortable physically working with the horses, but have a desire to help.  Perhaps you have other skills that are so necessary--helping with fund raising, writing articles, securing sponsorships, grant writing, office skills, etc.

To volunteer your time or talent, we must have a Volunteer Release Form on file at DCFHR.  If one has not been completed, you may download it here.

If you have any question, please contact us at the above address or e-mail us dancingcloudfarm@gmail.com 

Please become familiar with our DCFHR Farm Rules.


On a bitterly cold January afternoon, volunteer Elizabeth helped get horses under shelter and helped blanket each horse.

Volunteer Russell spent hours helping care for this starved stallion, "Buck", who was too weak to stand.  Russell helped clean the stall, tended to Buck's "bed sores", rolled Buck over, prepared Buck's feed of soaked alfalfa, brushed and talked to the horse to comfort it.  All of that encouraged Buck, who spent four days on the ground before he could stand up.

 

                     

One of the most helpful things a volunteer can do is groom and handle the horses and ponies at the rescue.  These before and after photos of Dude's tail were taken soon after the starved foal arrived at DCFHR; he had not been groomed in months.

 

 

Ten-year-old Lilly helps by giving baby donkey Feather her bottle.

 

Volunteer Wendy brought bales of much-needed fresh green hay when starved horses arrived.

 

One of the most needed jobs is giving maintenance rides to rescue horses.  Riding is done by experienced riders who are capable of handling a horse and giving it training along the ride.  Here Princess is saddled and ready for a trail ride with volunteer Devany.

 

Owen and Tassie the Farm Manager (Owen is wearing the hat)

 

DCFHR volunteer Connor helps feed a starving kitten brought to the farm.  This was the first food the kitten had in two days, at least.  Our volunteers have great attitudes and help out wherever needed.

 

Volunteer Lynda who has been our website designer since the inception of DCFHR.

 

On a hot August afternoon, these two young helpers discovered a great way to clean the water tanks.